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Welcome Home Puppy Love

Updated: Sep 30, 2023

What an amazing day you have anticipated for a very long time. Maybe since you were a child, maybe you are a child, or maybe an anticipation you have waited for most of your adult life!

The day has finally arrived to bring home the newest member of your forever family. The cutest most adorable ball of fluff! Your golden retriever is about to come home. You hop in the car and with great anticipation you begin the drive or maybe even the flight to a family that has raised an amazing companion that is about to join you forever.


Many questions race through your mind, how much do I feed her, how much does she sleep is just the beginning of the many questions that will arise. Let's talk today about one of the most asked questions. How much and how often do I feed my new puppy?


When it comes to feeding these little babies we recommend the first week always have food and water available. While transitioning can be upsetting for them with all the changes they will be experiencing, keeping food and water available will help ease the transition. New home, new people, and LOTS of new amazing and not-so-amazing smells. I recommend my favorite puppy food on our website


A decrease in appetite is perfectly normal during the transitioning period. Just like us when we have a change in environment or routine it can cause us to have a decreased appetite. A few tips to help! Try softening the kibble with water, and as a last resort add a small amount of evaporated milk over the kibble. It is also helpful sometimes to put a small amount of kibble in your hand and hand feed if necessary.



I firmly believe in probiotics and start them the moment food is first introduced to our puppies. Probiotics will help keep everything healthier. We have found a probiotic we love and recommend it on our website It's a very nice beef flavor and the puppies LOVE it. It is also a very good tool to entice your newest baby to eat!

Positive Reinforcement vs. Treats

Golden Retrievers LOVE people!! What better treat than a great big hug, ear rub or the very best a belly rub!! We do not recommend introducing any type of treat until your puppy has fully transitioned to their new home.

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